Southeast Missouri recognitions

Monday, October 15, 2001

Greg Amelung, Scott Siebert and Kay Siebert of Better Bodies Health and Fitness Club in Farmington recently attended the Reebok Resolution in St. Louis. It is an educational event for certified personal trainers.

Connie Brown, CPA, CVA; Cheryl Morris, CPA; and Howard Poston, CPA, all with Schott & Van de Ven, Certified Public Accountants in Cape Girardeau, recently completed an audit seminar. The seminar focused on "Workpaper Techniques for Government and Nonprofit Organizations" and was held in St. Louis. The accountants learned effective strategies in preparing workpapers that are required in government and nonprofit audits.

Scott Moore, human resource supervisor for Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream at Sikeston, and Karen Beck, administrator of Health Facilities Rehab Services at Sikeston, are the newest members of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Southeast Missouri. Moore and Beck will fill two vacancies created with the resignations of Louis Griffin and Gay St.Mary-Williams and will serve two-year terms as Scott County representatives to the board.

Steven R. Cook, environmental services coordinator for Cape Girardeau city government, recently obtained Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference (MWWC) life membership status. Life membership is for those with 25 years of active membership in the conference. Cook, a 25-year city employee, served as treasurer for the Southeast Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference. As environmental services coordinator, he oversees 52 employees in the Cape Girardeau Public Works Department, including stormwater, solid wastes services and wastewater treatment divisions. The MWWC was established in 1925 to serve the needs of the water and wastewater systems operators throughout the state.

Steven Fritzler of Cape Girardeau, a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL), has earned the title of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) from the American College in Bryne Mawr, Pa. To earn the CLU designation, Fritzler completed courses on a number of topics, such as financial planning, life insurance, law, income taxation, estate planning and retirement planning. Fritzler, who joined AAL's field staff in 1989, is with the Michael Mickelson Agency of AAL, Independence, and serves Lutherans and their family members in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Kennett, Malden and Sikeston.

Holly Thomas and Michael Radake, CPAs with Schott & Van de Ven, Certified Public Accountants in Cape Girardeau, have completed specialized training in retirement planning and distribution strategies. The workshop focused on building long-term multi-generational wealth through retirement planning. The workshop was presented by the Missouri Society of CPAs and held in St. Louis. Thomas has the designation of certified specialist in estate planning. Thomas and Radake are professional members of the Missouri Society of CPAs.

Bryan Young, senior professional healthcare representative with Parke-Davis, a division of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, has been awarded the 2001 Advocate of the Year award by the Heartland Advance Practice Nursing Network. Young received the award during a primary care seminar held recently at The award is presented to the person who has been instrumental in advocating for advance practice nursing in this region, through support of educational, as well as community service endeavors.

Margit Byrd, Jackson Save-A-Lot store manager, and Phyllis Wiedefeld, assistant store manger, recently received divisional honors for sales. Byrd and Wiedefeld received the company's Top Cart award, for a "Great Food, Great Prices" sales promotion among seven locations in the St. Louis District Nick Keich, Save-A-Lot district manager, presented the award at the local store. The honor included a $500 award to be distributed according to owner or corporate guidelines. Jim and Tim Maevers are owners of the store.

Missouri Farm Bureau President Charles Kruse is one of 36 individuals recently appointed to the federal Agricultural Technical Advisory Trade Committee (ATAC). Kruse will serve on the Grain, Feed and Oilseeds ATAC, one of five commodity-specific committees. Kruse and his wife, Pam, operate a grain and cotton farm near Dexter. The committees meet several times each year.

Tamila Graham of Jackson has been recognized as a National Top Sponsoring Award winner by the Longaberger Company, maker of handcrafted baskets. Longaberger is a direct-selling company for baskets, pottery and dinnerware, and fabric liners. Graham received her award during the Longaberger annual convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Thomas M. Meyer, certified international property specialist at Thomas L. Meyer Realty Co. in Cape Girardeau, recently attended the 33rd annual joint meeting of the Japan-Midwest U.S./Midwest U.S.-Japan Associations, held at Wichita, Kan. More than 260 delegates --100 from Japan -- attended the meeting, co-chaired by Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker and Dr. Rokuro Ishikawa, chairman of the Kajima Corp. Meyer attended sessions on technology's impact on trade and global market investments. He was invited to attend another meeting in Tokyo next year.

Home Medical Supply of Cape Girardeau recently received the accreditation award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization. The award is given after a home care organization has demonstration compliance with the commission's standards. Home Medical Supply, which provides home medical equipment supplies and services, received the highest category of achievement, with no recommendations for improvement in any area. Steve Caldwell is owner of Home Medical Supply.

The Three Rivers Board of Realtors in Poplar Bluff recently elected officers for 2002. The new officers are Vicki Henderson, president; Quentin Duff, vice president/president elect; Nathan Maurer, secretary/treasurer; Lavada Harrison, state director; Dan Cagle, MLS director; and Bob Sutton, Realtor associate director. Carol Hayes will continue as state director for 2002, and Janet Allen as district vice president.

Angela Nations, human resource manager for the Doe Run Co., Glover Smelting Division, has been selected as a private sector member on the Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri. She replaces Karl Snider of Ironton on the board. Snider recently resigned after serving out his term.

Charles Medley, a Farmington lawyer, was recently honored as a "senior counselor" of The Missouri Bar. The "senior counselor" title is bestowed upon lawyers who have reached the age of 75 years or who have been admitted to The Missouri Bar for 50 years. The recognition ceremonies came during the opening luncheon at The Missouri Bar annual meeting in Springfield.

Joyce Hunter has been named to the newly created position of senior customer service and marketing director of Westfield Shoppingtown South County, located in south St. Louis County. Hunter has been serving as customer service and marketing director of Westfield Shoppingtown West Park in Cape Girardeau. In her new position, Hunter will be responsible for strategic marketing directions, brand execution and management of customer service. She begins at the South County location as the Shoppingtown undergoes a $54 million renovation.

Richard D. Kinder, formerly of Cape Girardeau, is ranked No. 145 on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list, with $1.5 billion in assets. Kinder who rose to the presidency of Enron and left that company in 1996 to start energy outfit Kinder-Morgan with college classmate William Morgan. Kinder-Morgan owns or operates more than 30,000 miles of pipeline. The company transports 2 million barrels of gasoline, jet fuel and petroleum products a day.

Four area residents were among more than 180 members and guests who attended the Missouri Land Title Association's annual convention, held recently at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. Carol Gilmore and Tracey Sutton of Sikeston, and Mary and Charlie Hess of Scott City attended the meeting.

The group attended market seminars, and were treated to a tour of Graceland. Mary Hess, vice president and title examiner for SEMO Title in Sikeston, was recognized for 25 years of service with the title insurance industry.

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